Palliative care is a special kind of healthcare for individuals and families who are living with a life-limiting illness. The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort and dignity for persons living with the illness as well as the best quality of life for both the individual and their family.
Palliative care meets not only physical needs such as relief of pain and other symptoms, but also aims to meet the psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of each person and family to live out their remaining time in comfort and dignity.
The Palliative Care HopeLine
Palliative care services are helpful not only when a person is approaching death but also during the earlier stages of an illness. Accessing resources to support a palliative and end-of-life journey can seem overwhelming for newly diagnosed patients, caregivers, and family members. The HopeLine – established as part of the Catholic Charities/Archdiocese of Toronto Palliative Care Project and operated by the Saint Elizabeth Foundation – will act as an information resource tool to help callers establish connections with hospice palliative care options within their home community. Supported in part by ShareLife funding, the HopeLine is open to individuals in the Archdiocese of Toronto’s catchment area who are interested in discovering palliative/end-of-life support services and holistic care for themselves, their caregivers and extended family and friends. This resource seeks to connect people with services that align with Catholic faith teaching.
If you are in search of locating hospice palliative care resources and services in your community, call the HopeLine at 416-619-5700 - leave your name, phone number, and the name of the community in which you live and we will return your call as soon as possible. Please note – this service is an information line and is not an emergency or crisis line – in case of an emergency please call 911.